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Inter Pipeline says crude leak east of Edmonton came from its system

Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal.
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal. Global News

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Monday, April 24, 2017. It was updated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to include the amount of oil that spilled. 

Inter Pipeline Ltd. said Monday that its Cold Lake pipeline was the source of an oil leak discovered late last week in an industrial area east of Edmonton.

The company said it learned of a potential leak near its Strathcona Terminal at around noon Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that it confirmed the oil came from its line.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said several operators had shut in their lines on the right of way when the leak was discovered because the source was unclear.

Inter Pipeline said the leak was contained on Friday and it continues to work on cleaning up the spill as lead responder to the incident.

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Inter Pipeline said Thursday approximately 141 cubic metres, or 141,000 litres, of bitumen blend was released in the spill. By Thursday, about 120 cubic metres had been recovered and removed from the site, according to Inter Pipeline.

The regulator said the crude spilled into an unnamed creek and has affected some wildlife, though Inter Pipeline said there is no risk to the public.

Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal.
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal. Global News
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal.
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal. Global News
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal.
Inter Pipeline is cleaning up an oil leak near its Strathcona Terminal. Global News